Hong Kong’s best romantic restaurants combine impeccable cuisine, dedicated service, often amazing views – and a price that you will remember for as long as the fantastic meal. In our list of the best places for couples, we have tried to combine a nice selection of swanky rooftop restaurants, some colonial charm and, in case you think white table cloths and string quartets are so last-century, some funky modern venues, too. No matter what you plan to do in Hong Kong with your loved one, a romantic meal will be part of the trip, so this list is invaluable for finding the right vibe and style of cuisine to suit.
Pierre at Mandarin OrientalCentral
Pierre Gagnaire is a two-Michelin-star venue on the 25th floor of the Mandarin Oriental, and has all the trappings of a romantic restaurant thanks to views over Victoria Harbour and reimagined French cuisine. A meal here promises to be one of the most remarkable dining experiences money can buy. Chef Pierre’s signature style intensifies the flavours and textures of traditional French dishes. Although he is not in the kitchen on a daily basis, this vision is as strong as ever here, with seasonal menus to reflect the freshest ingredients and match Hong Kong’s changeable weather.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 - 14:30, 18:30 - 22:30
- Location: Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, Central
- Tel: +852 2825 4001
The OceanRepulse Bay
The Ocean is a simply stunning seafood restaurant developed by Olivier Bellin. Located in Repulse Bay, far removed from the urban surrounds of Hong Kong’s northern coast, you will enjoy a meal with a south-facing coastal view out of floor-to-ceiling windows. This is a real romantic hotspot for those who don’t mind the out-of-town journey. The menu is best described as refined French cuisine, with highlights including poached duck liver with crab meat and ginger jus, as well as blue lobster with brioche and pork. Open for dinner only.
- Opening Hours: 18:30 – 23:00
- Address: The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay
- Tel: +852 2889 5939
AmberCentral – Western
For a sumptuous western cuisine that is a joy to behold as well as taste, Amber Hong Kong takes some beating. Bold but light, and fantastically plated, the dishes served here are on the cutting edge of the culinary arts, with reimagined classics available in a range of degustation menus. Located on the 7th floor of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, you couldn’t really get more downtown. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Lunch 12:00 – 14:30 and Dinner 18:30 – 22:30 (daily)
- MRT: Central
- Address: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central
- Tel: +852 2132 0188
208 Duecento OttoSheung Wan
With a downstairs bar and a cosy-yet-cool upstairs bistro, 208 Duecento Otto has been a mainstay of the Shueng Wan dining scene for many years. The Neapolitan pizzas are fantastic, with a range of classic and signature recipes. The intriguing appetisers and light bites are also outstanding. Cured meats and Italian cheeses are prominent, although they serve a roasted lamb rack or slow-braised ossobucco, if you want the complete Italian dining experience. Located on Hollywood Road in the centre of SoHo.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 - 24:00
- Address: 208 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan
- Tel: +856 2549 0208
Tin Lung Heen at Ritz-CarltonKowloon
Tin Lung Heen at the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong serves excellent dim sum from 102 floors above the ground. In fact, for the cost of a few drinks at the hotel’s adjacent Ozone bar, you can enjoy a fantastic lunch. This restaurant was awarded two Michelin stars for the exquisite balancing of flavours. Dinner at Tin Lung Heen is a sophisticated (and pricey) affair – the six-course set menu costs HK$1,500 – with pages of a la carte seafood delicacies cooked exactly as you like: poached, with salt and chilli, drunken, flambéed… the list goes on. Reservations recommended.
- Opening Hours: Lunch 12:00 - 14:30, Dinner 18:00 - 22:30
- Address: Level 102, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2263 2270
The PawnWan Chai
The Pawn is part bar, part restaurant, and housed in a heritage listed building that used to be an old pawn shop. The menu straddles the best of east and west, so your culinary journey can go from the Japanese-inspired tuna tartare with sesame and wasabi to the Mediterranean flavours of cod fish with chorizo and red pepper. From the lunch menu, there is roasted red snapper followed by steak and ale pie. After dinner, head upstairs with your date to enjoy some fine cocktails or speciality gins at the cocktail bar.
- Address: 62 Jonhston Rd., Wan Chai
- Tel: +852 2866 3444
One Harbour RoadWan Chai
One Harbour Road at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong takes classic Cantonese dishes and delivers them in a ‘home-cooked’ style that borders on perfection. Expect world-class delicacies including crab claw, wagyu beef and the finest fish from across the world. The idea at One Harbour Road is to allow the inherent flavours to shine through. This means you won’t find molecular foam or dry ice steaming off the plate. This is all about the taste; just true Cantonese cuisine, prepared by an experienced master chef. The large restaurant is popular with different types of guest, so do call ahead and instruct them to give you a secluded table for added romance. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Lunch: Mon - Sat 12:00 - 14:30, Sun 11:30 - 15:00; Dinner: Mon - Sun 18:30 - 22:30
- Address: 7-8/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2584 7722
Wooloomooloo SteakhouseWan Chai
Rooftop views and prime Aussie steaks make Wooloomooloo Steakhouse a sure-fire success. The dining room is decked out in leather and dark wood, while the views from the floor-to-ceiling windows can only be topped by taking a digestif out on the terrace bar connected to the dining room. During weekday lunchtimes there is a set lunch for around HK$150, while the a la carte menu offers a 12 oz. Black Angus 150-day grain-fed ribeye steak for around HK$390.
- Address: 31/F & Rooftop The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Ask yourself, ‘is the bustling environment of an izakaya the right place for a date?’ If you answered ‘yes’, then Yardbird might be the perfect place for your romantic dinner in Hong Kong. Run by a group of talented young chefs from North America, Yardbird serves creative yakitori chicken cuts presented in stylish inventive portions. This western/Japanese crossover is finding favour in Hong Kong right now, and Yardbird is ahead of the pack. The full range of chicken cuts are available and all heavily seasoned, but done with skill for fantastic results. Located in SoHo, on the western edge of Central, the closest MRT station is Sheung Wan. Open for dinner only.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 18:00 - 24:00
- Address: 33-35 Bridges Street SOHO, Sheung Wan
- Tel: +852 2547 9273
Mott 32 is an upmarket roasted meats restaurant that is very popular for its Peking duck, barbecue pork and roast goose. They also have western meats on the menu, such as Australian-reared Wagyu beef. The dining room is very stylish and modern, featuring a custom-designed duck oven in the centre, so you can be assured that the meat you receive will be delightfully soft and succulent. A convenient point about the menu at Mott 32 is that the dim sum menu is available in the evening, not just for lunchtimes, as is the norm in Hong Kong, so you can sample some dumplings along with your meat. This is not the best place for vegetarians, but if you’d like to sample high-end Chinese meat dishes in stylish surroundings, this restaurant is a great find.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 -15:00, 18:00 - 24:00
- Address: Basement, Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Road
- Tel: +852 2885 8688